Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Liam McCaul from Sustainable Energy Authority to give some advice for people considering this job:


Liam McCaul

R&D Engineer

Sustainable Energy Authority

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  Liam McCaul
Do your best to find out the most you can about your specific engineering category, whether it be Electronics, Mechanical, Civil etc. Approach companies to try and get experience whilst you are at college, that way you have a running start on how to use the most up to date packages and instruments that companies have, and that then gets you the work experience when you finish college.

The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
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Junior Certificate Subjects

The following subjects are offered in the Junior Cycle in schools and colleges throught Ireland. Subjects are normally studied at either Ordinary or Higher Level, although three subjects, Irish, English and mathematics, can also be studied at Foundation Level.

Junior cycle lies within the compulsory period of education and is usually taken by students between the ages of 12 and 15. The aims and intended outcomes of Junior Cycle emphasise the importance of students experiencing a broad, balanced and coherent programme of study across a wide range of curriculum areas in order to prepare them for transition to Senior Cycle education. This is achieved by ensuring that students encounter an educational programme that covers a number of areas of experience.

Students from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds and those viewed as at risk of leaving school early may follow the Junior Certificate School Programme.

The subjects are arranged into subject groups as follows:

  more...  Materials Technology Wood
  more...  Technology
  more...  Metalwork
  more...  Typewriting
  more...  Coding [SC]
  more...  Digital Media Literacy [SC]
  more...  Mathematics
  more...  Science
  more...  CSI: Exploring Forensic Science [SC]
  more...  Art, Craft Design
  more...  Music
  more...  Technical Graphics
  more...  Artistic Performance [SC]
  more...  French
  more...  History
  more...  Italian
  more...  Spanish
  more...  English
  more...  Geography
  more...  Latin
  more...  Ancient Greek
  more...  Classical Studies
  more...  ESS
  more...  German
  more...  Gaeilge
  more...  Jewish Studies
  more...  Chinese Language & Culture [SC]
  more...  CSPE
  more...  Physical Education
  more...  Home Economics
  more...  Religious Education
  more...  SPHE
  more...  Civic, Social & Political Education [SC]
  more...  Physical Education [SC]
  more...  A Personal Project - Caring for Animals [SC]
  more...  Social, Personal & Health Education [SC]
  more...  Business Studies